Biography

Ali Smith

Ali Smith is the author of many works of fiction, including the novel HOTEL WORLD, which was short-listed for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize and won the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award, and THE ACCIDENTAL, which won the Whitbread Award and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her story collections include FREE LOVE, which won a Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award, and THE WHOLE STORY AND OTHER STORIES. Born in Inverness, Scotland, Smith lives in Cambridge, England.

Ali Smith

Books by Ali Smith

by Ali Smith - Literary Fiction

Readers love Ali Smith’s novels for their peerless innovation and their celebration of language and life. AUTUMN, has all of these qualities in spades, and is the first installment in a quartet. Seasonal, comprised of four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical, explores what time is, how we experience it and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative.

by Ali Smith - Fiction, Short Stories

Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we’ve read over our lives make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith’s collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives.

by Ali Smith - Fiction

HOW TO BE BOTH is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real --- and all of life’s givens are given a second chance.

by Ali Smith - Fiction

At a dinner party, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and the story of Miles is told from the points of view of four of them.